The Richmond Register

April 15, 2013

BASEBALL: EKU offense comes up short in series finale

Special to the Register

RICHMOND — After scoring 37 runs in the first two games of the series, the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team couldn’t get its offense going on Sunday at Turkey Hughes Field.

The Colonels lost the series finale, 5-1, to UT-Martin.

The loss snapped EKU’s five-game OVC winning streak. During that stretch, the Colonels scored 90 runs, including two 30-run performances.

EKU had only six hits Sunday against UT-Martin’s Dalton Potts and Carter Smith.

UT Martin took its first lead in the series in the top of the second inning and never trailed. Nico Zych hit a one-out double down the right field line and then stole third. He scored on a ground ball by Hagen Nelson.

The Skyhawks added to their lead in the fifth. Nelson scored on a pass ball before Grant Glasser’s RBI single made it 3-0.  UTM pushed out in front 5-0 in the eighth. Luis Paublini drove in a run on a bases loaded bunt and Sonny Mastromatteo scored on a wild pitch.

EKU (11-21, 7-8 OVC) finally got on the board in the ninth. Luke Wurzelbacher hit his third home run of the season, and second in as many  days. The pinch-hit, solo shot made it over the left field fence.

Potts (4-4) started for UTM and held EKU scoreless for six innings. He gave up four hits, walked four and struck out two.

EKU starter Shane Grimm (3-4) allowed five runs, only three of which were earned, on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. He did not walk a batter and struck out four.

Glasser went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Tennessee-Martin. Austin Grisham and Shaun Ball each had two hits for EKU.

The Colonels will play two mid-week games against Miami (Ohio) this week. The RedHawks visit Turkey Hughes Field for a 3 p.m. game on Tuesday.

EKU travels to Oxford, Ohio for a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday.